The back to school rush is over for most of us on Long Island and that means it’s time to start thinking about preparing your windows for the colder days ahead. Children and families are settling into a new routine filled with after school piano lessons, tutoring and athletic practice. At Renewal by Andersen of Long Island, we are already hearing from people who don’t want to face another winter without modern, energy-efficient replacement windows and patio doors. Planning ahead is a good thing! Continue reading Fall is Coming: Have You Ordered Replacement Windows Yet?
Seeing the devastating hurricane that pounded southeastern Texas, brings to mind some of the storms that have impacted our neck of the woods. The New England Hurricane of 1938 claimed the lives of 600 people before exiting the northeastern coastal region. Both Hurricane Carol and Hurricane Edna delivered copious amounts of rain and high winds in 1954 producing damage throughout the area. Edna came with destructive wind gusts up to 120mph. More recently, Irene made her ninth landfall near Coney Island, resulting in the Hudson flooding and storm surge violently pushing forward until it was underneath the Boardwalk, and further inland in some places. And who can forget the devastation of Superstorm Sandy in 2012? We have had more than our share of high-impact storms on Long Island over the years. Are you wondering why this week’s Renewal by Andersen replacement window blog post is about hurricanes and extreme weather? Because the best time to prepare for recovery is before a weather disaster strikes. So, here’s a question for you:
Does Your Homeowners Policy Covers Cost of Replacing Damaged Windows?
If not, you should check with your agent. In the meantime, here are some things you may not know about insurance coverage in general, and some things specifically related to home windows, damage and coverage.
Common Insurance Policy Coverage
If a hurricane-spawned tornado shatters your windows it would be usually be covered by a homeowners policy. Most insurance policies cover perils – damage from a specific event, such as fire, vandalism, theft, wind, hail, and falling objects, like trees. This means that if a projectile – a tree limb propelled by the wind, a rock thrown up by the lawn mower, or a bat swung by a criminal trying to gain entry – damages your window beyond repair, your homeowner’s policy would likely pay for replacement windows and any interior damage caused by the event.
However, time isn’t considered a “peril.” As wood and metal windows age, the weather-stripping weakens. Exposure to harsh sunlight causes some sealants to shrink. Expansion and contraction during seasonal weather changes can make the window unit separate from a home’s exterior surface. All of these processes create the potential for air and moisture leaks. So, if your aging wood windows fail, resulting in excessive moisture indoors that causes damage to your drywall, you probably won’t be able to get your insurance company to pay for new windows. It is important to check your home windows periodically, especially if you notice excessive condensation build up on window glass or drafts around your windows.
Flooding & Other Water Issues
Water damage claims in general are often problematic. Even if your policy covers the cost to remediate water damage, it may not cover the source. For example, if a water heater springs a leak and floods your basement, many policies will cover the cost (within the limits of your policy) to replace drywall damage, furniture, and affected belongings. However, it is rare that the policy would cover the cost of a new water heater.
One of the major sources of damage during a hurricane event is flooding. Even if you don’t live in a flood-prone area, excessive rain can trigger an overflow of inland waters. And, tidal surge during a storm often produces temporary flooding. Flood coverage is rarely – if ever – included in a standard homeowners policy. The good news is that The National Flood Insurance Program offers flood insurance at low rates – and is available to everyone, even if you live in a low-lying area and have filed previous claims. Remember, rain water that enters your home through storm-damaged windows, roofs, and walls is not considered a flood water.
Preparing for Recovery Before a Disaster Strikes
Hurricane season is upon us. While we hope that this season we don’t experience any catastrophic storms, we want all of our friends and neighbors to be prepared. One way to prepare is to make sure you have adequate homeowners insurance. Research suggests that as many as two-thirds of homeowners are underinsured. Before a storm strikes, contact your insurance agent to discuss coverage and exclusions. Here some things to remember.
- Homeowners policies typically do not cover contents.
- Flood insurance is optional.
- Policies vary, with some paying full replacement costs, some paying based on actual value, and others paying up to a maximum threshold.
- Deductibles are negotiable.
Renewal by Andersen of Long Island Replacement Windows Help You Prepare for Big & Small Disasters
While we cannot guarantee Renewal by Andersen of Long Island replacement windows will survive a hurricane event, we can guarantee installing Energy-Star certified replacement windows will help you boost energy-efficiency and beautify your home. We encourage all of our friends and neighbors to explore insurance coverage options now, before you are faced with recovering without adequate protection. And, if you’re dealing with aging home windows that no longer block drafts and keep moisture out, let us help you update your home. Just fill in the short form on this page or give us a call at 1-877-313-9052 to learn how we can help with a free, no-obligation consultation that includes checking your existing windows for damage.
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If you don’t have extensive knowledge about traditional window parts and performance, deciphering window product descriptions is confusing for most Long Island homeowners. Terms like sash, mullions, jambs and headers come up often when gathered around the water cooler or visiting with friends over a cup of coffee. And, unless you are talking to a window dealer, contractor or a friend or family member that has recently updated their home, you probably won’t hear anything about energy-efficiency coefficients and ratings. This Renewal by Andersen blog will give you some useful information to help you understand those product descriptions, and some links to learn more. Naturally, you can always give us a call if you want more information about replacement window parts or performance. Continue reading How To Decipher Long Island Replacement Window Descriptions
Did you stop by the Renewal by Andersen of Long Island blog today because you are looking for answers to questions about replacement windows and patio doors? Wouldn’t it be nice if you could get a realistic idea of what different styles, colors and design features would look inside your home? Well, we have good news. There are three options for you, in addition to our blog posts, that provide in-depth tips about choosing, styles, hardware, glass, grilles and other options and accessories. Continue reading 3 Ways to Visualize New Windows on Your Long Island Home Before You Buy
Thinking bringing more natural light into your Long Island home by connecting your outdoor spaces with your interior rooms? Have you considered installing replacement windows and/or patio doors to create a stunning wall of glass?
Every homeowner deserves at least one room that provides a place to relax and re-connect with nature. In addition to brightening up your home, large windows give you an opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the outdoors throughout the seasons without braving the elements during inclement weather. While finding the best window treatments (for privacy) can be an enjoyable challenge, when you get the design right, the results are truly worth the time and effort you spend.
Here are a few suggestions from your Renewal by Andersen of Long Island replacement window consultants for making sure you are thrilled with the finished project. Continue reading Thinking of Creating a Wall of Glass with Replacement Windows on Long Island?